I've stayed here many times over many years and have always love it. The resort is slathered against a hillside way up in Carmel Valley, separate and detached from whatever hustle and bustle greater Monterey can generate. The rooms are dotted across a steep hillside among old oak trees. There are deer, wild turkeys and, last time I stayed here, a fox that would regularly trot through the grounds between buildings. Every room I've ever had offers a view and every one is so quiet you think you have your own private valley. I've usually stayed in the suites, which have a living room separate from the bed and bath. Once I stayed in a non-suite, regular room, some of which were added recently and which made me realize how spoiled I had been in the suites. The best thing about Carmel Ranch is it's so quiet that you can sleep with the sliding glass door open, close the screen and it's cool and quiet all night. With the screen closed you don't have to worry about bats and mosquitoes! There are very few if any of those two-stroke maintenance carts that splutter through and wake you up. It's all-peaceful, all the time.
Way down the hill there's a golf course (I don't play golf) and a gym and huge swimming pool (which I've used and enjoyed). The only comparable resort in the area is The Inn at Spanish Bay and The Lodge at Pebble Beach, both of which are lovely, too. But for peace and quiet amidst nature, pick Carmel Valley Ranch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning and relaxing, our elegant Carmel Valley resort is abundant with the natural beauty of Northern California, offering intuitive service and memorable experiences in a striking venue. Savor incomparable comfort, breathtaking vistas, and a delightful array of activities at Carmel Valley Ranch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Valley Ranch Hotel Carmel
- Carmel Valley Hotel
- Carmel Valley Resort